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Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly sought records on 'Access Hollywood' tape in Michael Cohen raid

Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly sought records on 'Access Hollywood' tape in Michael Cohen raid

The new details from the warrant reveal that prosecutors are keenly interested in Mr. Cohen's unofficial role in the Trump campaign.

Trump has denied relationships with both Daniels and McDougal. Democrats talked about legislation to protect the special counsel.

Clifford's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, was in the audience for the court session and asked the judge to be heard at 2 p.m.

The "Russian connection" is also alive and kicking as far as #Donald Trump is concerned and the president cannot be a happy man. Trump may feel under siege and in his present state of mind could sack the chief prosecutor Mueller, though he is not directly concerned with this raid.

Trump has expressed fury that prosecutors could have obtained communications he had with his lawyer, posting on Twitter this week, "Attorney-client privilege is dead!" And it delved deeply into Cohen's past, including documents about Cohen's personal and business finances.

A lawyer for President Trump argued Friday for a delay in reviewing the potential evidence seized during Federal Bureau of Investigation raids targeting his personal attorney earlier this week. "If they're specifically going after communications between the president and Cohen, it confirms the investigation does relate to the president in some way", said Randall Eliason, who teaches white-collar criminal law at George Washington University Law School.

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Trump slammed the operation on Twitter on Tuesday by proclaiming that "attorney-client privilege is dead!"

Public corruption prosecutors in the USA attorney's office in Manhattan are trying to determine, according to one person familiar with the investigation, if there was any fraud related to payments to McDougal and Clifford.

They also seized documents tied to payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and was paid $130,000 in hush money in a deal hashed out with Cohen. "The retention of such privileged information from the President presents not only routine attorney-client privilege and attorney work product issues, but also creates constitutional concerns regarding officers of the Executive Branch rummaging through the private and privileged papers of the President".

The release of the "Access Hollywood" tape threw President Donald Trump's campaign into a tailspin.

The interest in Cohen's communications with Trump suggests that the investigation is delving into the president's actions, legal experts said.